19 December 1996The Commerce Commission said today that, in its view, Johnson and Johnson has made false claims about one of its sunscreens, Sundown Broad Spectrum SPF30, and may have breached the Fair Trading Act.
10 December 1996An international survey has shown that the principles on which New Zealand's competition law, the Commerce and Fair Trading Acts, are based, are increasingly being used by other Pacific rim countries in their competition law.
6 November 1996The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs are inviting all Dunedin business people to a seminar about the Fair Trading Act and the Consumer Guarantees Act on Wednesday November 13.
30 October 1996The Commerce Commission is urging businesses to check the safety of their Christmas toys and bicycles now, rather than waiting until customers or the Commission find goods that do not meet product safety standards.
4 October 1996The Christchurch High Court today upheld an earlier District Court judgment that if a company breaches the Fair Trading Act, then individuals, including directors, can be convicted as well as the company.
3 October 1996One of the worlds largest toy manufacturers, Tyco, is recalling and exchanging parts of its Magna Doodle drawing set as part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission.
18 September 1996Too often managers are hiding behind lawyers and not accepting responsibility when their companies have breached the Fair Trading Act Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.
15 September 1996The Auckland High Court on Friday upheld convictions and fines totalling $11,400 against two cellphone companies who had previously been found guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act.
5 September 1996Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said in the Commission's 1995-96 annual report that there have been more education activities, investigations, warnings, settlements and court actions carried out than in previous years.
25 July 1996An Auckland clothing importer, Norman Malcolm, was fined $3,500 in the Auckland District Court yesterday after admitting that he falsely claimed the Commerce Commission had approved his products and that he sold children's nightclothes that did not meet the fire safety standard.
'Anna Fiori' and 'Franco Burrone' made in Italy or Australia? $3,000 fines for country of origin breach
22 July 1996After a Commerce Commission warning, three Wellington shoe shops have been fined $1,000 each in the Lower Hutt District Court today for breaching the country of origin labelling standard made mandatory by the Fair Trading Act.
21 July 1996The Commerce Commission is warning that promoters have made false claims that it has endorsed or approved a United States get rich quick scheme which has since spread to New Zealand.
16 July 1996As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, ASB Bank Ltd has changed its mortgage advertising.
28 June 1996Fletcher Homes Ltd and Residential Mortgages Ltd (RML) have agreed with the Commerce Commission about how they will address the concerns of homeowners who believe their properties may have been over-valued.
24 June 1996Pacific Telephones Ltd, which trades in Christchurch as Cellular One, has been fined $7,500 plus costs of $1,035 today after pleading guilty in the Christchurch District Court to three charges of misleading customers about the cost of cellphones and one of not having cellphones available as advertised.
20 June 1996The Commerce Commission has so far this financial year taken action against 40 businesses who it alleged were breaching the country of origin labelling regulations.
17 June 1996Kapiti Coast Real Estate Ltd and Kapiti Homebuild Ltd were sentenced today in the Wellington District Court for breaching the Fair Trading Act by misleading a home owner about a fee included in the cost of building his home.
14 June 1996The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be visiting Timaru businesses and speaking at meetings on June 18 and 19.
10 June 1996Kapiti Coast Real Estate Ltd and Kapiti Homebuild Ltd today pleaded guilty in the Wellington District Court to breaching the Fair Trading Act by misleading a home owner about a fee included in the cost of building his home.
30 May 1996(Note: This case was subsequently appealed to the High Court. The findings were altered and the level of fines against Mr Keith Weatherall and Weatherall Jewellers were reduced.)
29 May 1996The Commerce Commission is very pleased with progress towards an out of court settlement with Fletcher Homes Ltd, Residential Mortgages Ltd (RML) and Bennett and Associates Ltd over allegedly misleading valuations in relation to a first home ownership package.
24 May 1996Two cellphone companies, Cellular Systems Ltd and Cellphone Warehouse Ltd, have been fined a total of $11,400 in the Auckland District Court today after being found guilty on three charges each of making misleading claims about cellphone prices.
7 May 1996As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Warehouse is recalling "Cric Meccanico" and "Pagoda" jacks.
26 April 1996Nationwide Importing Ltd has been fined $3,000 after pleading guilty in the Auckland District Court to supplying children's night-clothes which did not meet the product safety standard.
20 March 1996The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs are inviting all New Plymouth businesses to a seminar about the Fair Trading Act and the Consumer Guarantees Act on Wednesday March 27.
29 February 1996Noel Leeming Ltd has today been found guilty in the Christchurch District Court of four charges of making misleading claims in its "we will pay your interest" and "your interest paid" promotions.
26 February 1996An Auckland man, Wilfred Ronald Wrigley, has been convicted in the Henderson District Court for obstructing Commerce Commission investigators executing a search warrant.
23 February 1996ANZ Bank was fined $16,000 today in the Wellington District Court on three charges relating to its "Yes Mortgage" marketing campaign run last year.
21 February 1996Coles Myer New Zealand Holdings Ltd, which trades as Kmart, has been fined $25,000 today in the Auckland District Court on three charges of selling dangerous bicycles.
16 February 1996Kleins New Zealand Ltd, which runs an extensive chain of jewellery stores, was found guilty and fined $6,000 today in the Auckland District Court on three charges of making false claims in a sale promotion.